Philip Avenell - forensic scientist / forensic biologist specialising in DNA, body fluids, blood spatter

Dr Philip Avenell BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Specialism: forensic biology: DNA profiling, body fluids and blood pattern interpretation (BPA)

Philip Avenell joined Forensic Access in the role of Principal Forensic Biologist in 2011. He deals with a variety of cases including reviews of cold cases and appeals on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence as well as leading the company’s research and development program.

Prior to joining Forensic Access, Philip was an operational scientist with roles as Science Lead and Research and Development Implementation manager with LGC Forensics. He has also been an operational scientist with Forensic Alliance and the Forensic Science Service specialising mainly in investigating homicide crimes and those of a sexual and violent nature. Philip’s cases include: the notorious Coastal Path murders of 1989 and David Burgess (murder of Yolande Waddington, 1966).

Philip has casework expertise in:

  • DNA interpretations including SGM+ and Low Template DNA profiling methods
  • interpretation of DNA profiling results in the context of a case
  • directing and conducting detailed laboratory work on exhibits and samples, including:
    • body fluids, including blood, semen and saliva
    • the interpretation of damage to clothing and other items
    • the examination of weapons, blunt and sharp, and comparison with damage to clothing
    • recovery of trace evidence
  • examination of crime scenes, especially murder scenes
  • interpretation of bloodstain patterns
  • assessment of the significance of scientific findings in the context of the case
  • preparation and presentation of both written and oral evidence to Courts of Law

Philip regularly provides presentations and training courses for accredited CPD sessions to both Barristers and Solicitors as well as Police and University students. Using his skills as an operational scientist he ensures Forensic Access is ahead with research and development and the latest developments in forensic science.